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Hydrogen News

Billionaire miner Forrest aims to be a global clean energy giant

By: Bloomberg     23rd November 2020 Billionaire Andrew Forrest broke into the ranks of the world’s top iron-ore exporters, now he’s targeting an entry into renewables in as soon as two years under an ambitious plan to produce more energy than giants like Chevron. Forrest’s Fortescue Metals Group will begin green fuel production in... 

Saudi Arabia aims next to be largest hydrogen exporter

By: Bloomberg     19th November 2020 The world’s biggest oil exporter has set its sights on also becoming the largest supplier of hydrogen, a fuel seen as pivotal for curbing climate change. Saudi Arabia has “ambitious” plans and “will not be challenged in its record of being the biggest exporter of hydrogen on earth", Energy... 

Green economy faces challenge to replace carbon energy sources

By: Bloomberg     19th November 2020 The march toward a greener global economy is headed into a more difficult second phase that will aim to replace carbon as an energy source, said panelists during the Bloomberg New Economy Forum. Companies including Honeywell International and Schneider Electricare offering solutions to reduce... 

Canada could be a major player in hydrogen, says law firm

By: Mariaan Webb     19th November 2020 With its abundant natural gas for conversion into hydrogen fuel, Canada could be a major player in the burgeoning hydrogen market, says law firm Fasken, which has recently launched a new hydrogen energy advisory team. Canada’s federal government is expected to soon unveil a national plan to ramp... 

Canada could be a major player in hydrogen, says law firm

Consortium tapped for hydrogen studies

By: Esmarie Iannucci     19th November 2020 A consortium led by the University of New South Wales (UNSW), advisory firm Deloitte and management consultancy Baringa Partners will undertake a German-Australian supply chain feasibility study of hydrogen produced from renewables’. The government selected the consortium to undertake the... 

Anglo’s investment commitment to South Africa up R15bn  

By: Martin Creamer     18th November 2020 Anglo American is on track to exceed its original investment commitment to South Africa, despite Covid-19 impacts, Mining Weekly can report. At this year’s SA Investment Conference, the London- and Johannesburg-listed diamond, platinum group metals and iron-ore mining company increased its total... 

Anglo American CEO Mark Cutifani
Anglo American CEO Mark Cutifani

Green hydrogen, exploration offer best opportunities for South Africa’s mining sector 

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     18th November 2020 There are a myriad of opportunities that the mining industry can capitalise on, and the Covid-19 pandemic has provided a major catalyst for the collaboration required to unlock it, speakers said during a mining-focused session at the South African Investment Conference on November 17. Hydrogen... 

Platinum investment demand rockets on risk and hydrogen – WPIC

By: Martin Creamer     18th November 2020 Platinum investment demand rocketed 291% in the three months to September 30, World Platinum Investment Council (WPIC) reported on Wednesday, when it forecast a third consecutive annual platinum deficit next year on an initial projected 2021 deficit of 224 000 oz. The high third-quarter (Q3)... 

Paul Wilson
Paul Wilson

Eskom moves to finalise just energy transition framework as shutdown of Grootvlei, Komati and Hendrina draws near 

By: Terence Creamer     17th November 2020 State-owned power utility Eskom expects to complete its socioeconomic impact studies by the end of March for the planned shutdown of the Grootvlei, Komati and Hendrina power stations, in Mpumalanga, which are the first of ten coal plants scheduled for decommissioning by 2040. The decommissioning... 

Eskom moves to finalise just energy transition framework as shutdown of Grootvlei, Komati and Hendrina draws near

Tasmania steps into hydrogen territory

By: Esmarie Iannucci     17th November 2020 The Tasmanian government on Tuesday announced a A$2.6-million investment to investigate the feasibility of three large-scale renewable hydrogen projects in the region, with iron-ore miner Fortescue also unveiling plans for hydrogen in the region. ASX-listed Origin Energy’s export-scale green... 

Iridium breakthrough a boost for green hydrogen economy, PGMs mining  

By: Martin Creamer     16th November 2020 The amount of iridium required to electrolyse green hydrogen has been drastically reduced, a breakthrough that is a significant boost for the upcoming green hydrogen economy as well as South African platinum group metals (PGMs) mining. Heraeus Precious Metals has achieved a material thrifting... 

Heraeus Precious Metals executive VP new business development and innovation Philipp Walter
Heraeus Precious Metals Executive Vice President Philipp Walter interviewed by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Hydrogen worth billions to Aus

By: Esmarie Iannucci     16th November 2020 Australia’s hydrogen industry could generate some A$11-billion a year in gross domestic product by 2050, and could create some 8 000 new jobs in that timeframe, federal Energy and Emissions Reduction Minister Angus Taylor said on Monday. Speaking at the Australian Hydrogen conference, Taylor... 

Australia's gas-recovery questioned

By: Esmarie Iannucci     16th November 2020 New research by independent researcher Grattan Institute has questioned whether the Australian government’s push for a gas-led recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic was feasible, arguing that gas would become an increasingly expensive energy source. “The Prime Minister has talked up a gas-fired... 

Australia's gas-recovery questioned

Port Kembla lease secured

By: Esmarie Iannucci     13th November 2020 Andrew Forrest’s Squadron Energy has taken another step in the development of the Port Kembla gas terminal (PKGT) after inking a 25-year lease with New South Wales Port. Australian Industrial Energy (AIE), which is part of Squadron Energy, will immediately start a site handover process, paving... 

Strongly recovering South Deep gold mine earmarked for advanced technology

By: Martin Creamer     13th November 2020 A number of automation projects are being considered at Gold Fields’ South Deep, the bulk mechanised underground gold mine in Gauteng, south-west of Johannesburg. After reporting 7% higher overall year-on-year group production of 557 000 oz for the three months to September 30, Gold Fields CEO... 

Gold Fields CEO Nick Holland
Photo by Creamer Media's Donna Slater
Gold Fields CEO Nick Holland

Australian Vanadium unveils hydrogen plans

By: Esmarie Iannucci     12th November 2020 ASX-listed Australian Vanadium has launched a green hydrogen strategy that will include the use of hydrogen in the ore reduction process at its Western Australian project, and introducing hydrogen into the natural gas pipeline. The company was also aiming to use hydrogen in its transportation... 

Fortescue plans global green energy drive

By: Reuters     11th November 2020 Australian mining magnate Andrew Forrest outlined ambitious plans on Wednesday to build a renewable energy business, aiming to compete with oil giants to provide low-cost green energy globally. Billionaire Forrest, who turned Fortescue Metals Group over two decades into the world's... 

Australian mining magnate Andrew Forrest
Australian mining magnate Andrew Forrest

Sasol pins low-carbon ‘reset’ hopes on gas, renewables and green hydrogen  

By: Terence Creamer     11th November 2020 Energy and chemicals group Sasol, which is coming under increasing pressure to reduce its carbon emissions, reports that climate change is now “front and centre” in its unfolding ‘strategic reset’, which will involve a transition away from coal to gas, renewable energy and green hydrogen. In... 

Sasol CEO Fleetwood Grobler
Photo by Creamer Media's Donna Slater
Sasol CEO Fleetwood Grobler

Platinum-linked green hydrogen economy right for Africa, says project manager  

By: Martin Creamer     10th November 2020 The long value chain of green hydrogen economy has the potential to create a multiplicity of jobs and open up the market for investment possibilities for the Southern African region into what is expected to become a multi-trillion-dollar global decarbonisation market. Forschungszentrum Jülich... 

Dr Solomon Nwabueze Agbo, who is co-ordinating Southern Africa's green hydrogen study.
Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer is given update on platinum-linked green hydrogen. Video: Darlene Creamer.

BHP probing hydrogen steelmaking

By: Esmarie Iannucci     9th November 2020 Major BHP will be investigating the use of hydrogen in the steelmaking process, having inked a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with steel producer, China Baowu. The two companies intend to invest up to $35-million and share technical knowledge to help address the challenge of reducing... 

BHP probing hydrogen steelmaking

Germany examines ammonia to deliver green fuel for industry

By: Bloomberg     5th November 2020 Germany is looking at using ammonia and methanol as ways to deliver hydrogen as a clean-burning fuel for industry, part of its effort to make Europe’s biggest economy climate-neutral by 2050. The government is financing a feasibility study to evaluate ways of transporting hydrogen and is focusing... 

Germany examines ammonia to deliver green fuel for industry

Clean, green copper of N Cape will be produced at nigh zero cost – Orion 

By: Martin Creamer     3rd November 2020 The clean, green copper that Orion Minerals will mine with the help of the Northern Cape’s hot sun and prime wind will be almost free of cost, paid for by the zinc credits, Orion Minerals CEO Errol Smart said on Tuesday. “If you take it as a copper mine only, net of zinc credits, we come close to... 

Orion Minerals Prieska project in the Northern Cape.
Junior Indaba covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

‘Hydrogen wars’ pit Europe vs China for $700bn business

By: Bloomberg     2nd November 2020 Niels-Arne Baden has a problem: the factory he’s building for Green Hydrogen Systems is too small. Plans for the Denmark site to be one of the largest for assembling the machines that make hydrogen from electricity were finalized about a year ago. But demand for those electrolyzers is growing so... 

Profitable circular economy concepts making future potentially bright for coal miners  

By: Martin Creamer     29th October 2020 Coal mining companies need to start looking at creating their own profitable circular economies around existing coal assets because it is possible, says African Source Markets CEO Bevan Jones. While still responsibly mining coal, coal-mining companies have an opportunity to look at creating a... 

Bevan Jones
African Source Markets CEO Bevan Jones interviewed by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer.

Fortescue spending big on fleet

By: Esmarie Iannucci     29th October 2020 Iron-ore miner Fortescue Metals has signed up for a A$32-million renewable hydrogen supply product that would enable ten of its coaches at its Christmas Creek mine, in the Pilbara region, to be fuelled with renewable hydrogen. The Christmas Creek operation would be the first mine in Australia... 

Excitement as Sumitomo becomes AP Ventures’ latest hydrogen economy investor 

By: Martin Creamer     27th October 2020 Leading Fortune 500 global trading and business investment company Sumitomo Corporation, which has a strong focus on the hydrogen economy, has become the latest investor in partnership with venture capital company AP Ventures Fund II. Sumitomo joins cornerstone investors such as South Africa’s... 

Andrew Hinkly
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Andrew Hinkly

Decision soon on platinum process that can save power   

By: Martin Creamer     26th October 2020 The definitive feasibility study for the installation of a revolutionary new electricity-slashing processing plant at Pilanesberg Platinum Mine in the North West will be completed next month, in time for an investment decision from the shareholders in KellTechnology South Africa, which are... 

Keith Liddell
Kelltech’s Keith Liddell interviewed by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Platinum well positioned in hydrogen economy’s sweet spots – WPIC  

By: Martin Creamer     21st October 2020 The upcoming platinum demand of Hyundai alone could come close to taking up the total annual production of one of South Africa’s biggest platinum mines. Hyundai has stated categorically, in a double-page advertisement in The Economist of London, that it will be making 700 000 fuel cell stacks a... 

World Platinum Investment Council director of research Trevor Raymond.
World Platinum Investment Council research director Trevor Raymond interviewed by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer

South Africa is well positioned to export green hydrogen ­– PwC  

By: Martin Creamer     19th October 2020 South Africa is in an extraordinary position to revolutionise its own economy and supply green hydrogen to the world, PwC said on Monday. “The energy transition is and will be biggest global theme this decade,” PwC associate director James Mackay told journalists at a virtual event covered by... 

Jonathan Metcalfe
PwC Hydrogen Report 2020 covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Hydrogen fast-tracking will be much quicker than imagined – Sibanye-Stillwater  

By: Martin Creamer     19th October 2020 The fast-tracking of the hydrogen economy will be much quicker than most people have imagined, Sibanye-Stillwater CEO Neal Froneman said at the Financial Times (FT) Commodities Mining Summit, where he was part of a panel that included Anglo American Platinum CEO Natasha Viljoen and South32 CEO... 

Top from left, Henry Sanderson and Neal Froneman. Bottom from left, Graham Kerr and Natascha Viljoen.
Financial Times Commodities Mining Summit covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer.

Hydrogen-linked Platinum Valley Corridor Project under way – Nzimande 

By: Martin Creamer     15th October 2020 A Platinum Valley Corridor Project being developed as part of South Africa’s economic recovery was outlined by Higher Education, Science and Innovation Minister Dr Blade Nzimande on Wednesday. Taking part in the third Hydrogen Energy Ministerial meeting held virtually, Nzimande described the... 

Higher Education, Science and Innovation Minister Dr Blade Nzimande
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Higher Education, Science and Innovation Minister Dr Blade Nzimande

Southern Africa’s green hydrogen buy-in exceeding expectations – Sacreee  

By: Martin Creamer     14th October 2020 Southern Africa’s buy-in into the green hydrogen economy concept is exceeding expectations, Southern African Development Community (SADC) Centre for Renewable Energy & Energy Efficiency (Sacreee) executive director Kudakwashe Ndhlukula said on Tuesday. Green hydrogen is a clean form of hydrogen... 

Southern African Development Community SADC Centre for Renewable Energy & Energy Efficiency executive director Kudakwashe Ndhlukula
Sacreee executive director Kudakwashe Ndhlukula discusses green hydrogen with Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer.

Solar ‘new king’ of electricity, but shift to net zero will require ‘unwavering efforts from all’ 

By: Terence Creamer     13th October 2020 The International Energy Agency (IEA) has declared solar the “new king” of electricity, arguing that, while renewables technologies as a whole are poised for rapid growth over the coming several decades, solar will be “at the centre of this new constellation of electricity generation... 

Solar ‘new king’ of electricity, but shift to net zero will require ‘unwavering efforts from all’

Exploration strategy in three months, hydrogen under scrutiny – DMRE  

By: Martin Creamer     8th October 2020 A comprehensive exploration strategy will be developed in the next three months and engagement on the potential of the platinum group metals-linked hydrogen economy is taking place, Department of Mineral Resources and Energy director-general Advocate Thabo Mokoena said on Thursday. In a keynote... 

Advocate Thabo Mokoena
Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer reporting on DMRE DG Advocate Thabo Mokoena. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Anglo investing in South Africa’s hydrogen economy ­– Cutifani  

By: Martin Creamer     7th October 2020 As the world’s largest marketer of platinum group metals (PGM), Anglo American is investing in South Africa’s hydrogen economy, including through a joint venture with the State-owned Public Investment Corporation (PIC), Anglo CEO Mark Cutifani said on Wednesday. In a keynote address on day one of... 

Mark Cutifani
Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer reports on Anglo American CEO Mark Cutifani’s keynote address at the Joburg Indaba. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Hydrogen can be game-changer for South African economy ­– PwC  

By: Martin Creamer     6th October 2020 Hydrogen has the potential to be a game-changer for the South African economy, PwC African mining leader Andries Rossouw said on Tuesday. Speaking during the virtual release of the professional services firm’s 12th edition SA Mine, a series of publications that highlights trends in the South... 

Andries Rossouw
Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer reports on PwC SA Mine 2020 event. Video: Darlene Creamer

EU wants rules on hydrogen trade with Ukraine, Morocco - Bloc's energy chief

By: Reuters     5th October 2020 The European Union will seek to establish rules to trade hydrogen with countries including Morocco and Ukraine, as part of its plans to use the low-carbon fuel to cut emissions from industry and transport, EU energy commissioner said on Monday. "To trade renewable and low-carbon hydrogen reliably... 

Sedibelo Platinum Mines closer to finding listing date – Frandsen  

By: Martin Creamer     5th October 2020 The unlisted Sedibelo Platinum in South Africa’s North West province is closer to finding a listing date, says Pallinghurst managing partner and co-founder and Sedibelo chairperson Arne Frandsen, who is absolutely bullish about the prospects for platinum group metals (PGMs) in the medium to long... 

Pallinghurst managing partner and co-founder Arne Frandsen.
Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer interviewed Pallinghurst’s Arne Frandsen. Video: Darlene Creamer.
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